Six Virtues of the Heart
Just in case your mind is wondering how long we are going to stay on the topic of Understanding, the answer is this post and one more. In my experience, Understanding forms the foundation for my exploration of all six heart virtues and it continues to be my “default” virtue that brings me back to center the most quickly when I find myself off-balance.
It is my hope that some of you may be impulsed to begin your own journey into these heart qualities and you may find that one of the other virtues becomes your foundation or entry point. Perfect! James (Mahu) stated in his introduction that he was reluctant even to describe the virtues for fear that his words would be taken as absolute and that would curtail others’ explorations. Not so in my case, as I have said, James’ words launched me into realms I had never before considered. And so be it with my words. May your own inquiry take its own unique flight path and may your journey be blessed by your own unique discoveries and insights.
For those of you who are joining this adventure newly, you can find Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 by clicking on those numbers. Additional links to this source material are given at the end.
May 6, 2015
There is a well-known phrase within Lyricus that roughly translated says: “The elegance of time is that it unravels the structures of space that have sealed love from itself.” The structures of space, in this case, refer to the human instrument. Only time can break down the rigid barriers or subtle membranes that prevent or diminish the love frequency from exerting its wisdom in the behaviors of the individual.
I remember telling Tomas some weeks ago that he might be witnessing me coming “unraveled.” I used that particular word, although it is not a word that I had used commonly until then. Synchronistically, this was about the time that we had begun looking into the Wingmaker’s material. As these weeks have rolled by and we have deepened our study of these teachings, I have felt that I am unraveling more and more each day. In a good way.
Lyricus’ use of the phrase “the elegance of time” particularly caught my attention, because I have always felt a great affinity with elegance, while at the same time feeling quite “captured” or “bound” by time. I found the suggestion that this unraveling is an elegant process most fascinating. Continue reading
Six Virtues of the Heart
Continuing on with my personal insights regarding the Six Virtues of the Heart, according to the Wingmakers/Lyricus Teaching Order materials, authored by James Mahu. You can access Parts 1, 2 and 3 of my series, if you missed them. Today, I continue my inquiry into Understanding.
May 4, 2015
Herein is the paradox of being human: our innermost structure is divine love and our outermost structure is a means of experience for the innermost structure, but we have become entrained by the outer vehicle to the degree where we identify with it more than the occupant—our true self—inside.
I have not thought about this before, nor have I associated this paradox with “Understanding.” The foundational energy, of which all structures and non-structures are composed, is, at its core, Divine Love. Ideally, the outermost structure that is the experience-gathering tool of that Love will express only that Love. However, the consciousness that resides within the outer structure usually cements itself and its identity to/with the outer forms and remains blind to the Light within that is its true Self. Continue reading
Alia’s Comments: This update came in yesterday from Jean Rockefeller and her animal companion, Jack, “The Watcher.” I found this message extremely informative about the energetic nature of the next few months and how we can take measures to navigate this purportedly even more intense time. As some of the other messengers are telling us — discernment, discernment, discernment — stay out of judgment, especially self-judgment. Jack invites us to call on the porcupine for wisdom regarding protecting our vulnerability, while enjoying our life in a most playful manner. You can visit Jean and Jack at their website HERE.
Vulnerability and Protection
The porcupine embodies many spirits of energy but we will need Her protection and playfulness to carry us through the next few months. The Porcupine bumbles joyfully through life with the security that Her spines will protect Her. She is well aware that few predators will have the courage, strength or knowledge to expose Her belly. With Her power center protected and spikes of armor on Her back, She can playfully and confidently proceed through danger, real and perceived. She knows that She is safe. However, if provoked, She can throw Her darts or curl tightly into a ball until the danger has passed.
The Porcupine is now one of our guiding energies and will be with us until late September. Continue reading
Six Virtues of the Heart
Continuing my series about my own cultivation of the Six Virtues of the Heart, I am posting my continued interaction with the virtue of Understanding. Part I can be read HERE. And Part II HERE. The quoted material is taken from an e-paper, authored by James Mahu of the Lyricus Teaching Order, downloadable HERE. These quotes appear in italics and are indented for easier identification.
May 2, 2015
My thoughts on “Understanding” since my last journal entry. I am choosing to place this Heart Virtue at the top of my list, as I feel that this is the fundamental Understanding of the Multi-verse:
The world of form, just as the formless worlds, is composed of energetic structures . . . everything in the multiverse is energy . . . Energy is transformational; that is, it can alter or shift into other states of being or, in the case of humans, consciousness. . . . The [human] energetic structure is a form of light, which in turn is a texture of divine love.
What an amazing place to start! Before I read James’ insights, I was limiting my thoughts about “Understanding” to the way in which I related to “others.” I thought I should be “understanding” of those around me and try to “understand” the world from their vantage point, as a way of harmonizing them with me. Continue reading
Six Virtues of the Heart
Continuing with this series of inquiry into my own inner Universe, I am sharing my first thoughts about the Heart Virtue, Understanding. Part 1 of this series can be found HERE. The Lyricus material can be downloaded HERE. This particular text is excerpted from an e-paper by James Mahu, called “The Art of the Genuine, A Spiritual Imperative.”
April 30, 2015 – 2 AM
I awoke in the middle of the night after going to bed very early and sleeping soundly for about three hours. I had been awake for an hour and began to put my attention on how the six heart virtues are feeling within me. Tomas and I had read the sixth virtue (Forgiveness) last evening, so I went to bed with a sense of all of them operating in a strong braided fashion.
As I lay awake just a few minutes ago, I felt them all as a strong, unified moral core that overlays my spinal column. I’ve heard the saying “He has no spine.” I think this is what is meant by that – that a person is “spineless” — when he has no orientation or awareness of the heart virtues within himself and is unable to respond to life’s situations from a strong moral ground, in partnership with First Source. It is as if there is nothing holding that person up. He/she is unable to stand up to what life presents, because he/she has no understanding of the underlying connectedness to First Source that provides an unending supply of Divine Love to each person through the Virtues of the Heart. (Note: I suggest that what has often passed for moral strength during much of this patriarchal age has been the use of force — or the abuse of power — rather than a stance of power from knowing one’s connection to Creator/Source.)
The great 19th Century Indian sage, Ramakrishna, used to say: “The wind of God’s Grace is always blowing but man has to lift the sail in order to catch this wind.” In his essay on the Heart Virtues, James also speaks of the “emotional coherence” of the six virtues acting like a sail that can catch the “wind” of the new energetics that will “quicken you [and] in a sense, you will time travel to another You.”
That is a provocative statement! It infers that through the development of emotional coherence, which is gained by cultivating the Virtues of the Heart, that there will come a moment when the Soul fragment is transported (quantum leaped) into an expanded version of Self. I believe we are approaching this critical moment as a species. Continue reading